An Invitation You Can't Refuse by James Merritt

An Invitation You Can't Refuse
James Merritt
Jeremiah 33:3


1. I want to read to you the following obituary:

Mrs. Prayer Meeting died recently at the First Neglected Church on Worldly Avenue. Born many years ago in the midst of great revivals, she was one of the most influential members of the church family.

For the past several years Mrs. Prayer Meeting has been failing in health. At the last she was but a shadow of her former self. Her last whispered words were inquiries concerning the absence of her loved ones, now busy in the markets of trade and places of worldly amusements.

Experts, including Dr. Works, Dr. Reform, and Dr. Joiner, disagreed as to the cause of her fatal illness. They had administered large doses of organizations and socials, but to no avail. A postmortem showed that a deficiency of spiritual food, coupled with the lack of faith and general support, were contributing causes. Only a few were present at her death.

In honor of her going, the church door will be closed on Wednesday nights.

2. Unfortunately, that obituary could be read over many churches and over many Christians. That is such a tragic death because of the relation of spiritual power to spiritual prayer. The death of prayer means the death of power, and the death of prayer means the death of power.

3. God has done everything possible to incite us to pray, to excite us to pray, and to invite us to pray. But strangely enough, we do everything but pray.

4. If you were to receive an invitation from the President of the United States to come to the White House to have lunch with him, just the two of you, you would move heaven and earth to get there. Yet we have an invitation from the Creator of the universe to spend time with Him, to talk with Him, and to hear from Him. Yet for some strange reason we refuse the invitation.

5. I submit to you this is an invitation that you dare not refuse. Fathers, you dare not refuse this invitat ...

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